averages and anniversaries
Tomorrow is the anniversary of Dora’s 16-week ultrasound. The one with that awkward silence, when the technician didn’t answer our chirrupy questions and finally fled for the doctor. The one that told us her heart was still and she was gone.
June 18 was her birthday, so Happy Birthday to you, Dora Jewel, precious gift. You were born into heaven a few days before, sometime around Father’s Day. One year in heaven, are you a big girl now? Do you enjoy cuddling with your brother James and Mr. Li? Does Jesus sing to you, or do you sing to Him? What beautiful truths do you understand that we won’t learn for years? We love you, we miss you, our sweet girl, tiny one.
Tuesday was a 28-week ultrasound for #3 (we’ll reveal the puzzle solution with his name soon!). Thankfully it went much better than Dora’s did. He was in a good position for us to measure his growth as well as see his cute little face!
After two pregnancies that defied all the odds, it’s a relief to be “just” average. At the appointment we discovered that #3 is in the 56th percentile for growth, already weighing approximately 2 lbs. 12 oz.! That means he’s right in the middle of typical—a good thing, since James was in the 1st percentile and weighed 2 lbs. 14 oz. when he was born at 35 weeks.
Dr. Davila is still acting with caution due to our history, so #3 will be monitored with non-stress tests and more growth ultrasounds until just before 38 weeks, when the c-section will most likely be. That’s Aug. 21, a year and a day after James died. I’m glad they aren’t on the exact same day, but am I crazy for seeing the closeness of dates as a gift?
And what do you think—does he look like James or not? The first two pics are #3, and the last two are James a week younger: